Jim did his BSc at UTas, where he benefited from the eclectic interests and diverse perspectives in the then School of Botany. He (eventually) finished a PhD on pea phytochrome at UTas during the exciting era of plant photoreceptor discovery. After time at RIKEN in Japan and Wageningen University in the Netherlands, he returned to UTas in 2002. Since then he has been exploring flowering time control and domestication in legumes, and is fortunate to be able to indulge and share his wider interests in plants and genetics. These days he spends his spare time mostly at home - either outside on plant-related manual labour, or inside with his 1978 Maton FG100.